The Riverhead Police Division obtained a name simply after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday that the driving force from the Baiting Hole Scout Camp was probably impaired whereas working a bus with juvenile day campers and camp employees onboard.
Officers responded to the scene and discovered that the operator, 61-year-old Diane Juergens, had simply been concerned in two separate motorized vehicle accidents on Sound Avenue close to Oak Hills, simply west of the camp, and had left the scene of each crashes.
Police say she first hit a cement pillar, then failed to completely cease at a cease signal and struck a automobile. The opposite driver managed to swerve out of the way in which however sustained some injury.
Juergens registered a .27 blood alcohol content material, greater than 3 times the authorized restrict.
She was arrested and charged with one depend of aggravated DWI – Leandra’s Legislation, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident, and 10 counts of endangering the welfare of a kid.
Juergens’ license was suspended throughout her court docket look, and 10 orders of safety had been issued for every of the juvenile day campers who had been on the bus on the time.
She pleaded not responsible. Eyewitness Information reporter Kristin Thorne tried to talk with Juergens when she arrived house in a taxi following her arraignment, however she did not wish to converse with us.
The bus belonged to 1st Pupil Bus Firm of Hicksville and was impounded and held on the Riverhead Police Impound.
“At First Pupil, there’s nothing extra essential than the security of the passengers we transport,” the corporate mentioned in a press release. “We perceive and share within the concern this incident has induced. We’re extremely disillusioned by our driver’s actions. Habits similar to that is unacceptable and doesn’t align with the excessive requirements we attempt for in all we do. We have now initiated the termination course of. Because the incident occurred, now we have been working with police to assist their investigation. Given that is an energetic investigation, we’re unable to remark additional.”
No accidents had been reported by any concerned events, together with the juvenile day campers onboard the bus.
All campers had been returned to their households with out incident.
Whereas the fees will not be bail eligible, Riverhead City Justice Sean Walter agreed with prosecutors for supervised launch.
“Whereas I discover this isn’t a bail eligible offense, I’m going to place her in pre trial supervised launch…given the character of the circumstances,” he mentioned. “The endangerment of the kids, the excessive blood alcohol content material, it could seem to the court docket there could also be a substance abuse downside right here.”
Daniel Ginty, of the Authorized Support Society, famous it was Juergens’ first arrest and her husband lately died of most cancers.
Simply final month, the Boy Scouts celebrated the grand opening of a model new lodge on the Baiting Hole camp named after Suffolk Boy Scout Andrew McMorris who was killed by a drunk driver in 2018 whereas on a hike with the Scouts.
Melodie Montefusco, whose son attends the Baiting Hole camp and takes the bus, mentioned she was shocked to listen to the information.
“I am glad my son wasn’t on the bus yesterday,” she mentioned.
The Suffolk County Council of the Boy Scouts of America launched the next assertion with regard to this incident.
“Nothing is extra essential than the security of our youth members. As a part of our common security measures, we all the time have a employees member on board every bus that takes youth members to and from camp. Upon realizing that one thing was mistaken with the bus driver, our employees member took speedy motion, and we had been in a position to safely take away all youth members from the bus earlier than contacting authorities. There have been no accidents because of this fast motion. Since that is an ongoing investigation, please contact regulation enforcement for any additional info.”
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